Construction equipment: Tensioner designed for simplicity, can be used on a variety of cable pulls

construction equipment Sherman-Reilly

Construction equipment: Sherman + Reilly, a Textron Inc. company, releases its new Revolution Series T-1608 Bullwheel Tensioner. The T-1608 delivers a maximum tensioning capacity of 8,000 pounds through a pair of 60-inch, 5 groove bullwheels, and is also designed to be able to provide low-force tensions compatible with lighter weight conductors like fiber optic cable. The T-1608’s automatic tensioning system with sag assist maintains set tension and operates in pull-drive mode for easy rewinding of unused conductor, as well as forward drive for ease of bullwheel reeving.

Working with Sherman + Reilly’s CRS-96/67 and CRS-108/83 reel stands, the T-1608 can control tail-tension from within its Safe-Zone® cab through hydraulic quick disconnect couplings located at the front and rear of the unit. The T-1608 is also capable of synchronized tensioning with up to three other Sherman + Reilly tensioners. This feature allows a single operator to control all tensioners simultaneously, a function particularly beneficial to bundled stringing operations.

Using CANbus technology, the T-1608 tensioner provides accurate, digital control of machine functions, as well as real-time display of line tension, speed and distance. Data logging registers stringing information in order to provide an accurate record of tension activity. These records can then be stored on a flash drive.

The T-1608 features an ultra-quiet Safe-Zone cab, providing ultimate safety and comfort for the operator. The Safe-Zone cab employs a polycarbonate front window for maximum visibility while providing superior protection against impact. The cab includes climate control, a fully adjustable ergonomic seat, and all required electronic controls and gauges to provide clear operation information. Designed to reduce fatigue, and provide an "off-ground" envelop for the operator, the Safe-Zone cab greatly reduces the risk of touch potential in energized environments.

Sherman + Reilly™, Inc.
Since 1927, Chattanooga-based Sherman + Reilly, a Textron company, has been a leading manufacturer of tools and equipment for underground and aerial transmission, and distribution of electrical power and communications systems, including a complete line of bundle blocks, pullers, tensioners and reel trailers. More information is available at

Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial, and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Bad Boy Off Road, Textron Systems and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit:

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